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Pending government approval and the green light to airports to reopen, Iberia Airlines is accepting bookings for flights in July to the Dominican Republic. The first commercial scheduled flight is for 4 July from Barajas International Airport in Madrid to Las Americas International Airport in Santo Domingo. The outbound flights will be Saturday and Monday, departing Madrid at 11:50am and arriving in Santo Domingo at 2:30pm. The return flights leave Sundays and Tuesdays, both at 4:10pm. These flights are subject to change and cancelation. Flights are going for EUR900.

Iberia

3 June 2020

What’s the government waiting for? The Medina administration has published 1 July as the restart date for hotel and airport operations. Yet, the government has yet to issue the official clearance for airports and airlines to resume commercial operations. In a conversation with tourism industry writers in the Dominican Republic, Frank Rainieri, president of Puntacana Group, urged the government to act now.

Rainieri is optimistic the DR will soon recover. But he says lots will depend on the proactiveness the country shows, “starting by the government”. “We need to define if we are going to open or not. We can’t be left in limbo. If we are going to open, there are the protocols that need to be harmonized.” Rainieri says protocols need to be honed. “The protocols in effect for Heathrow can’t be the same that work in the Dominican Republic,” he said. “We need time to be able to tell...

The Dominican Republic, Antigua, Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, Jamaica and St. Lucia are Caribbean destinations included in a 45-country wish list for quarantine-free travel to places chosen for popularity and economic importance.The Daily Mail, the English daily, reports that the countries are included in the index requested by the UK government amid mounting fury over ‘unenforceable’ plans for a 14-day quarantine imposed on all arrivals. British Airways, Easyjet and Virgin Atlantic have agreed on including these favorite destinations for UK travelers. As reported, the airlines want the first air bridges to be set up by the end of this month ‘at the latest’, raising fresh hopes for summer holidays abroad.

As reported in the Daily Mail, the UK government requested the airlines send the list so they could have a sense of where the volume and demand would be. The newspaper...

Puntacana Resort will be opening together on 1 July. Punta Cana Resort includes the Four Points by Sheraton, Westin Punta Cana and the Tortuga Bay. The Puntacana Group that owns the hotels says they are putting technology to work for the comfort and safety of all. Whatsapp and a company mobile application will replace people to people interactions. Check-in and check-out will be possible through the website and company app. Guests will be able to pay for their rooms, access all menus, make restaurant reservations at the website. The good news is that lots of these technologies will stay, giving guests more time to enjoy what the hotels have to offer.

Following with the new protocols for facing Covid-19, the Puntacana Group hotels announce they are meeting the highest international standards. They are reinforcing and implementing rigorous deep cleaning...

Dominican museums have joined the global trend that provides Internet users virtual access to their treasures. The government website shows off the Columbus Alcazar, the Casas Reales Museum, the Museum of Dominican Family, the Columbus Lighthouse Museum, the San Felipe Fort in Puerto Plata, Ponce de León House in San Rafael de Yuna, Monumento to the Heroes of the Restoration in Santiago and the 26 July Museum in Moca. Online registration is required before do the virtual tours.

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Museos RD Diario Libre

2 June 2020

Airlines flying to the Dominican Republic have begun to reschedule commercial flights planned to start as of 1 July 2020. The Dominican Institute of Civil Aviation has notified the aviation community that airports continue to be closed through 1 July 2020. This gives airlines a month to program flights for July. Several companies had already scheduled flights for June.

Passengers that had booked flights on airlines to the Dominican in June will have to reschedule. IDAC says only repatriation flights are being allowed, which is the one-way flights that can are open only to foreign citizens for return to their country of origin.

The airport notice is valid for Punta Cana International Airport, Santo Domingo’s Las Americas International and La Isabela International, Samaná’s El Catey International, Puerto Plata’s Gregorio Luperón International, La Romana’s Casa de Campo International.

On 29 May 2020, the Dominican Institute of Civil Aviation (IDAC) issued the Aeronautical...

Japan, Singapore, South Korea were affected by a second wave of the Covid-19 imported by visitors from abroad. The Asian countries were the first to catch the virus.

Now, the World Health Organization (WHO) is optimistic the second wave may not be as bad. Spanish public health director at the World Health Organization, María Neira, said on Monday, 25 May 2020 in an interview with the Catalan radio RAC-1, spoke of forecasting models with many possibilities, from new punctual outbreaks to a new important wave. She said researchers have been increasingly discarding the latter possibility.

“We are much better prepared in every way,” said the Spanish doctor, who recommended “a lot of prudence and common sense” at a “very critical” stage of the Covid-19 pandemic. She asked the population not to “go into paranoia or become relaxed too much and instead to learn to live with infectious diseases.”...

Montenegro becomes the first European Union country to declare itself free of the virus after 20 days without a confirmed case. Sarajevo Times reports that to date, the nation’s strategy to continue minimizing coronavirus risk has involved gradually loosening restrictions, with safety measures remaining in place, such as a ban on public gatherings. Everyone is still required to wear masks in all public enclosed spaces such as shops or banks and to comply with social distancing guidelines.

Montenegro had few cases. Its first case was on 17 March, and since then 324 persons were confirmed by PCR tests, 315 recovered and nine died.

Now Montenegro authorities say they will allow tourists only from countries that have low-infection rates, naming Greece, Croatia, Slovenia, Germany and Albania.

That an asymptomatic tourist might bring the virus from abroad and cause a new...

United Airlines has posted its approved schedule for one-way flights from the Dominican Republic to the United States. These flights are valid for residents and citizens of the United States. The flights are from the Las Americas International Airport (SDQ) in Santo Domingo, Cibao International Airport (STI) in Santiago and Punta Cana International Airport in Punta Cana (PUJ) to Newark International (EWR) in New Jersey.

The flights are:Santo Domingo – Newark/New York: 7, 14, 21 and 28 June 2020. Departure at 12:30pm, arrival at 4:40pmSantiago – Newark/New York: 7, 14, 21, 28 June 2020. Departure at 1:35pm, arrival 5:43pmPunta Cana – Newark/New York: 6, 13, 20, 27 June 2020. Departure at 12:30pm, arrival 4:44pm.

These flights are only open to US residents and citizens.

For more information, contact your travel agent or United Airlines at [email]ventasrd@united.com[/email] or [email]latinamerica@united.com[/email]...

The original highway between Puerto Plata and Santiago, now known as the Gregorio Luperon Tourist Highway, is finally getting needed asphalt paving. After years of piecework, a kilometer here and a kilometer there, the Ministry of Public Works has moved to ensure that roadway is now about 90% refurbished, weeks before the end of the Medina administration.

According to the latest reports, Ingeniería Estrella is finishing the work, that is expected to be completed in time for President Danilo Medina to cut a ribbon before handing over the presidential band on 16 August 2020.

Right now, the paving is being applied to the road between Gurabo in Santiago and Yásica in the province of Puerto Plata. Another team is preparing the stretch between Yásica and the Gran Parada, on the road between Puerto Plata and Sosúa. Local travelers, residents along the coast, businesses and...

After the coronavirus outbreak in the Dominican Republic, the DR1 Travel and DR1 Daily News were temporarily merged. It’s now been two months of major restrictions for operations at sea and air ports. Covid-19 has caused the shutdown of an estimated 99% of the hotel rooms around the country. Talks are now underway to ready the country for opening first to the domestic traveler and then to international markets.

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19 May 2020

In the announcement on Sunday, 17 May 2020, about the sectors that are authorized to resume activities in recovery phase one, President Danilo Medina did not include the tourism sector. Earlier in the week, Tourism Minister Francisco Javier García had said that the local hotel and travel sector is ready to begin receiving visitors in about a month. He said international travel will move to the countries that have best handled the virus. He said that the tourism industry is already incorporating the health protocols to begin receiving visitors.

He said once the Caribbean opens to international travel, the Dominican Republic will be ready to safely host tourists. He said the country is ready regardless whether this happens in a month, two or three months.

García said the Ministry is working closely with the National Association of Hotels & Tourism (Asonahores) to implement the new health guidelines.

According to García, travel agents and local tour operators are preparing...

Several Dominican hotels are preparing to offer special deals to the hundreds of thousands of frontline workers in the United States that have given their best during the Covid-epidemic.

Karisma Hotels & Resorts is one that is taking the lead. It has opened a public call to nominate the everyday heroes who are deserving of a five-day, five-star vacation at an all-inclusive resort of their choice in Latin America or the Caribbean, “when the time is right.” The “Holidays for Your Heroes” program is part of the Karisma Foundation. The initiative also includes the ability for anyone to sponsor a vacation for a frontline worker, with 100% of funds used to gift the trip at cost to a hero and his or her family.

The prize packages will feature luxury accommodations at a Karisma property of choice, which includes El Dorado Royale, A Spa Resort by Karisma in Mexico; Azul Beach...

Viva Wyndham Resorts are incorporating a meticulous Covid-19 response plan enhancing health and hygiene safety standards for its guests, visitors and employees with a meticulous Covid-19 response plan. The plan will be implemented at the resort company’s eight all-inclusive properties located throughout the Dominican Republic, Mexico and the Bahamas.

The response plan has been shaped by adopting the guidelines and recommendations of several health and safety experts and leading hospitality industry sources, including the World Health Organization (WHO), local health departments and the UK-based Cristal International Standards (CIS).

“Our number one priority is the health and safety of our guests and staff and for them to feel secure in every way possible,” said Ettore Colussi, founder and president of Viva Wyndham Resorts. “This is why we have adopted and...

Until the closing of borders, most tourists to the Dominican Republic were from the United States. This means that the local travel industry will very much act in unison with health and safety measures that work well in the United States. The US Travel Association and the American Hotel & Lodging Association have already launched advances of the new safe stay and travel protocols.

The US Travel Association that represents transportation, lodging, retail, recreation and entertainment and foodservice across all US travel segments: meetings, leisure, business, incentive and trade shows has put together guidelines for the new protocols. The US Travel Association stresses that industry employees and customers have a shared responsibility to protect each other in the present Covid-19 pandemic.

The guidelines call for:Reinforcing hand hygiene, utilizing personal protective equipment...

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